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Newton upsets Lowndes on the gridiron

The Newton football team pulled off a huge upset Friday, winning at Lowndes 15-14. The Rams were coming off a heartbreaking loss to county rival Eastside in the season opener, but evened their record at 1-1 with the non-region victory.

Lowndes had throttled Luella 42-2 in week one, but scored less than 17 points for just the second time in its last 15 home games.

While Newton hosted a state playoff game a year ago despite a 5-5 record, the Rams’ first playoff appearance since 2009, Lowndes is a perennial state playoff team. The Vikings, based out of Valdosta, have advanced to the postseason in 17 of the last 18 seasons, including state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007 under 12th-year coach Randy McPherson.

That didn’t matter Friday as Newton picked up arguably the program’s biggest upset in nearly 20 years. In October, 1994 the Rams defeated eventual state quarterfinalist Brookwood, ending the Broncos’ seven-game winning streak to start the season, according to the Georgia High School Football Historian’s Association.